Paint the Corridor
KICK OFF 2012 DECLARED A SUCCESS.
The Stritmatter family and their attorney firm, initiated and funded the idea of painting houses on the main thoroughfares as an immediate way to help the community look better for all citizens and tourists alike. In a partnership with Grays Harbor Vision 20-20 and NeighborWorks® of Grays Harbor County, hundreds of volunteers and several businesses, Paint the Corridor has become a year to year project that has created real, visual changes for all of us, not just for the 48 homeowners so far.
NeighborWorks® has been responsible for organizing the events, but the teams of volunteers are responsible for its huge success. Drawing close to three hundred volunteers the first year and nearly four hundred last year, the project continues to have a tremendous impact on the 'corridor'. In the last two years forty eight homes have received a much needed exterior prep and paint makeover using Kelly-Moore Paint’s superior Ecoat paint, at just over their cost to produce.
Local businesses have stepped up to the plate, too, in a big way with each business taking one home as their 'team project' or providing cash or materials-sometimes both. The time to complete a project home is coordinated and managed by the individual teams. This allows for maximum participation by volunteers who wished to take part over two months, but may not be available on a 'set day' for the event. Volunteers expressed their appreciation of the flexible schedule and asked that the format remain again for this year's event.
For many years now NeighborWorks® has published a weekly article called "Nailing it Down", in our local newspaper (The Daily World) click here, to view an article which appeared in that newspaper thanking all participants and listing businesses and individuals who participated in the previous year’s event. We apologize if anyone was left off of this list.
Callie White, of Greater Grays Harbor and a local volunteer even went so far as to create a video of one of 2010's projects and published it on YouTube! Thanks Callie!
click here to view that video.
click here to see currently signed up teams and houses
click here to see past Paint the Corridor pictures
Neighborworks® recently celebrated it's thirty-first year of serving the residents of Grays Harbor County. The anniversary was celebrated at the annual meeting held on March 9, 2012 at the Aberdeen Museum of History. This is the fifth year the annual dinner and meeting has been held at the museum and we once again thank Dann Sears for his hospitality.
This years dinner was highlighted by keynote speaker Robert Burns (Director of Field Operations for NeighborWorks® of America). Robert praised NeighborWorks® board and staff for the work they perform in running a housing agency in a small rural setting. This was Roberts first trip to our county and we very much enjoyed showing him around.
In other business
Homeownership classes —On an as needed basis NeighborWorks®, along with Lee Hauser of Wells Fargo offer free homeownership certification classes. These classes are held as class size permits. Call us for the next class schedule.
We are also partnering now with eHome America to provide homeownership certification via the internet for those who cannot make the physical classes. Visit eHome America and register for work at your own speed classes. There is a fee for accessing this service.
Contractors — We’re always looking for good contractors to add to our bidders’ pool. payment for jobs satisfactorily completed is guaranteed. Give us a call at 533-7828 to find out more.